Tributes pour in for Harriers’ President

By Echo Reporter

TRIBUTES have poured in for Donore Harriers’ longest serving member and former president Tommy Hayward (95), who passed away on Tuesday.

Tommy joined the club in 1941 and was a member of the first Donore team to win the AAU Senior Cross Country Championships in 1943.

Tommy Hayward RIP 

A statement by Donore Harriers said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tommy Hayward. He was a great committee man. Up to last September, Tommy had attended every consecutive AGM for 75 years. He was very interested in the development of the club and influential in its success.

“In 1957 he took over as Secretary for almost 10 years. As part of a great trio, along with Pat Mullally (Treasurer) and Eddie Hogan (Head Coach), he oversaw the halcyon days of Donore when the club became a powerhouse in distance running and track and field. In later years he also served as President.”

At national level, the Santry resident was a negotiator in the formation of BLE in 1967 and active in athletics up until last year.

Donore Harriers said: “Tommy was a great family man and beloved husband of his late wife Maura. Our condolences go to his children Eric and Muriel, his family and many friends.”

 

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